It’s no secret that vaping is a problem in schools and communities. E-cigarettes were introduced into the market as a way to wean off cigarettes, and the implied benefit was that e-cigarettes would promote healthy tobacco use. But the healthiest alternative is not smoking cigarettes or vaping at all.
“In 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General declared that e-cigarettes had reached epidemic proportions among youth, sparked by a 78% increase of use among high school students over a one year time period.”
Vaping and Health Risks
Studies are currently being done on the mental health impact for young adults, but here is what we know about the effects on the body. Vaping results in serious respiratory diseases termed wet lung and popcorn lung, which is caused by a chemical found in e-juice.
One case emerged just 3 weeks after starting vaping. The liquid mix in vape pens and devices is open to any and all substances of abuse. Street vape pens already loaded with unknown, unregulated substances are a concern. Drug busts confiscating thousands of vape pens are occurring in middle and high schools. Studies show vaping nicotine is linked to an increased risk of chronic lung disease.
What Do the Devices Look Like?
Many parents still think they are just a USB. Since JUULs produce very little vapor, youth are using them in school. School policy is to confiscate the $50 devices.
What Can Parents Do?
Learn about our Vaping Toolkit and Family Health Policy
Vaping Toolkit for Parents and Schools
Talking to your child or teen about the health consequences of vaping can discourage them from trying it. For young people who are already vaping, our Vaping Toolkit is a program for youth that will help monitor abuse prevention.
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Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope, along with a tax-deductible donation of any amount to the address below. Make checks payable to CANDLE, Inc.
CANDLE, Inc./Tool Kit
100 Brugh Ave.
Butler, PA 16001
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- 1 marijuana test strip
- 1 nicotine test strip
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Family Health Policy: A Prevention Program for Parents
Talking to your child about drugs can be difficult and uncomfortable. Children and teens may shut down out of fear or feel like you don’t trust them.
Our Family Health Policy is an alcohol and drug program designed to build trust with your child. This evidence-based program promotes good social skills and the health of your family. In the process, it inspires kids to live a drug free life.
Additional Information for Parents
Butler Eagle – May 2, 2010 They display their pledge on T-shirts About 250 sixth grade students at Mars Centennial School and 150 sixth grade students at Buffalo and South Buffalo elementary schools made a pledge to be drug-free in a unique manner. Each of the students was given an “I Promise” T-shirt designed by … Read more
Behavioral Health Central – February 19, 2010 By Dennis Miller, BHC Senior Writer Classroom lectures, assembly-hall speeches and informational brochures can give teens the facts on drug and alcohol use, but fall short of offering a direct, realistic and emotional experience of drug abuse’s often devastating consequences. The interactive educational experience called Reality Tour® is designed … Read more
The Times Leader – January 27, 2010 By Rory Sweeney Staff Writer WEST PITTSTON – Without actually dying from a drug overdose, students from Wyoming Area and Greater Pittston Area school districts experienced what might be the next closest thing on Monday evening. About a year ago, Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. purchased … Read more
Clarion County’s Promise is again scheduling its Reality Tour performances this spring to give community members an insider s perspective on drug abuse. The program is especially relevant given the county s disturbing trend in heroin use. There were five heroin overdoses within three months, said Clarion County s Promise executive director Sheila Snyder, and … Read more
The Record Herald – February 21, 2008 By Denise Bonura Chambersburg, Pa. – Did you know that 40 percent of high school students think it’s OK to try heroin? Did you know that one in five eighth-graders has already tried marijuana? Did you know that the average age a person starts using drugs these days … Read more
The Record Herald – February 21, 2008 By Denise Bonura The Record Herald Chambersburg, Pa. – Rebecca’s dramatized “life with drugs” ended with the flat beep of a heart monitor and her parents’ suffering at her funeral — and for the rest of their lives. Eighteen-year-old Rebecca Etter of Chambersburg played the role of a … Read more
– Butler Eagle – October 29, 2007 Over 1,500 Butler County parents ‘get it’. They understand their role in drug prevention and brought their children to the Reality Tour Drug Prevention Program, sitting beside them as members of the Drug Task Force told how drugs are robbing families of a future and burdening a community … Read more
Luzerne County Times Leader – October 28, 2006 By JENNIFER LEARN-ANDES A moving reality anti-drug program known to bring parents and children to tears may be coming to Luzerne County. Actors portray scenes in the life of a teen on heroin, including his prison booking, an overdose death scene using real emergency workers, and a … Read more
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – March 26, 2006 By Madeline Izzo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Butler County founder of an interactive drug-abuse prevention program has been asked to bring her program to Kansas City, Mo., for some national exposure. Norma Norris, director of Candle Inc., which stands for Community Action Network for Drug-Free Lifestyle Empowerment, has been invited … Read more
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 2005 Babs Stewart of Butler doesn’t need a tour of the county jail to know the harsh realities of a drug arrest. She doesn’t need an explanation of the booking process, the strip searches, the delousing. Stewart needs only to look to her immediate family. Stewart’s 19-year old son is addicted; he’s … Read more